Wakefern to Boost Shoprite E-Grocery Operations with New Automated Micro-Fulfillment Center
Retailer-owned grocery cooperative Wakefern Food Corp. have opened an automated micro-fulfillment center to boost the retailer’s e-grocery business operations.
The new fulfillment center in Clifton, NJ, will serve select ShopRite stores operated by Wakefern member Inserra Supermarkets in North Jersey and New York. Wakefern partnered with Takeoff Technologies to make it happen.
“We are excited to partner with Takeoff Technologies to see how their hyperlocal automation technology will benefit our cooperative, retail members and shoppers,” said Steve P. Henig, Wakefern’s vice president of Digital Commerce & Analytics. “We are really proud of our e-grocery shopping platform, ShopRite from Home, and believe this partnership will enhance our online shopping service.”
Wakefern is at the forefront of the growing e-grocery market through its ShopRite from Home program, which currently offers clients pick-up and home delivery services across most ShopRite store locations. The change will be seamless for customers as they continue to place orders through ShopRite from Home, but the partnership will expand Wakefern’s capabilities to deliver top-notch e-grocery service and value under a scalable model.
Takeoff’s automated technology uses advanced robotics in the fulfilment center, where orders of up to 60 grocery items can be assembled in minutes, increasing efficiency and ensuring customers get their online orders quickly.
Takeoff Technologies and Wakefern have an agreement in place to open additional sites in the future.